Hoodlums Disrupted Voting At Iperu In Ogun, Boko Haram Attacks Goza
Armed hoodlums disrupted voting at Iperu in Ogun State during the presidential and national assembly polls on Saturday February 25, 2023.
The thugs invaded the polling units at Ayegbami street in the town, shortly after voting ended in afternoon.
They snatched a ballot box, smashed it on the street, with ballot papers littering the road before fleeing from the area.
Earlier, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State had complained over the shortage of access cards for polling agents assigned by political parties to polling units across the state.
He said the access cards would have aided the easy identification of agents of political parties at the poling units.
The governor spoke on the electoral process after casting his vote at a polling unit at Iperu Remo, his hometown during the presidential and national assembly polls.
Abiodun said he received the complaints from the agents of the All Progressive Congress (APC) posted to poling units across the state.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ogun State, Niyi Ijalaiye has blamed the public transport unions on the late arrival of electoral officials and materials to some of the polling units.
Ijalaiye said the National Union of Road Transport Workers caused the delay.
He, however, said the logistic problems had been resolved, promising that all voters on the queue at all poling units before 2:30 pm would be allowed to vote.
However, Boko Haram fighters have attacked Goza in Borno State during the conduct of the presidential and national assembly polls.
Five persons were injured in the attack.
The insurgents were said to have fired 100 millimeter artillery guns into the town causing panic in the town.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu said artillery guns spared the INEC office in the town.
Timely intervention by troops enable the election to hold smoothly in the town.
Also in Abuja, hoodlums destroyed 24 ballot boxes at Dagiri in the Gwalgwalada Local Government Area.
The hoodlums chased INEC officials and voters away from the polling station.